The Long-Term Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents
The injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are almost always serious, as the riders are far less protected from impact. Unfortunately, this means that accident victims are also more likely to suffer from long-term physical, mental, and emotional repercussions. For instance, many motorcycle accident injuries result in permanent disability or disfigurement that can leave victims struggling with chronic pain and physical limitations for years to come. While these losses are often compensable, obtaining financial recovery isn’t always easy, so if you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, it is important to reach out to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who can evaluate your case and walk you through your legal options.
Motorcycles provide a lot less protection to riders than standard passenger vehicles do for their occupants. Unfortunately, this means that it is much more likely that a rider will suffer a serious physical injury if involved in a crash, either during the initial collision or after being thrown from the motorcycle. Some of the most common motorcycle accident-related injuries include:
- Road rash;
- Head trauma
- Crushed and broken bones;
- Internal injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries; and
These types of catastrophic injuries, even when treated, can result in permanent disability, including paralysis, brain damage, organ failure, limited mobility, and chronic pain, all of which can have dire consequences for an accident victim’s ability to work and engage in the same day-to-day activities.
Besides the serious physical repercussions of sustaining a serious injury in a motorcycle accident, many accident victims also experience psychological consequences. For example, many accident victims who sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) experience anxiety and depression. Accident victims who sustain catastrophic injuries are also at risk of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which could leave the injured party suffering from flashbacks, insomnia, aggression, mood swings, and social isolation.
The physical and psychological repercussions of being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident often lead to financial difficulties. Many accident victims, for instance, struggle to pay for their medical treatment, which can quickly become overwhelming when an injury is serious. It’s also important to remember that the physical limitations that accompany a severe injury can affect a person’s ability to work. In cases involving a catastrophic injury, a person may be unable to work for the rest of his or her life, which can be financially devastating in situations where the injured party was a household’s primary income earner. Even an injury that takes someone out of work for a few months could mean the difference between financial security and being unable to pay the bills.
Receiving Compensation for the Long-Term Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents
With the help of an experienced lawyer, motorcycle accident victims are often able to recover compensation for the long-term repercussions of sustaining a serious catastrophic injury. To learn more about your own recovery options following an accident, please call the experienced Tulsa motorcycle accident lawyers at Levinson Law, P.C. today. You can schedule a free consultation by calling our office at 918-492-4433 or by sending us an online message.